Fall Honors Courses–updates

Still looking for an honors course?

Please note that the all-honors PH 263-H1: Film and Philosophy (GP, TLC) still has seats available.

Dr. Weierman’s special topics course, EN 450-H2: Transatlantic Antislavery Literature, has just been approved for the following LASC categories: WAC, DAC, TLC,  USW.

TODAY: Spring into Divestment!

Looking for an honors event?   Inspired by Sandra Steingraber and wondering about your next step?
Spring into Divestment!   Come listen to a local student activist talk about all things climate, activism, and divestment.  After the guest speaker, join students in tye-dyeing a free T-shirt!   T-shirts are first come, first serve.
Tuesday, April 22nd from 1-3PM
on the lawn outside the Student Center

Sponsors: GTU, EAG, Divestment Team

Commonwealth Honors Project Prize Competition–results!

The Honors Program is pleased to announce the winners of the first annual Commonwealth Honors Project Prize Competition, which was judged at yesterday’s Celebration of Scholarship and Creativity:

First Prize ($250)
George Andrews: “Timberrr!: A Study of Timber Harvesting in Massachusetts”
Faculty advisor: Dr. Allison Dunn
 
Second Prize ($100)
Colleen MacWilliam: “Descriptions of Concrete Objects by People with Aphasia
Faculty advisor: Dr. Sharon Antonucci
 
Third Prize ($50)
Sarah Leidhold, “Superfluous Sincerity” (poetry collection)
Faculty advisor: Dr. Heather Treseler
 
Honorable Mention
Julie Broderick, “The On Guard Initiative”
Faculty advisor: Dr. Joan Mahoney
 
 
Congratulations to the winners and to all the Commonwealth Honors Scholars for their remarkable projects!   And many thanks to the judges and faculty advisors for their essential contributions.

Celebration of Scholarship and Creativity, 4/16

We hope you’ll be able to attend some portion of tomorrow’s Celebration of Scholarship and Creativity: you can support your fellow honors students, get inspired for your own future projects, and earn honors event credit (as always, remember to submit an RSVP form).  See below for the conference schedule.
This year we have launched two new honors traditions:
1) The Conference Practice Dinner: On Monday night, six honors students practiced their presentations, answered questions, and received feedback from their faculty advisors, all while enjoying a pasta dinner.  It was a wonderful, productive evening.
2) The Commonwealth Honors Project Prize competition: Look for the round CHP badges on the contest entries!
We are very proud of the original, rigorous work produced by our students and wish all the presenters the best of luck.
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The Celebration has two parts: a morning schedule of Oral Presentations and Panel Discussions in the Student Center (9:30 a.m. -1 p.m.and an afternoon Poster Session in the May Street Auditorium (1-3 p.m.).  There are 121 poster sessions and performances and 15 oral presentations and panels.
ORAL PRESENTATION & PANEL DISCUSSION SCHEDULE– Please note that this does not contain a list of the afternoon Poster Sessions, which are too numerous to include in one email.
9:30 – 9:45 a.m.
THE WOMEN OF THE BEAT MOVEMENT
Laura Sutter
Faculty Advisor: Tona Hangen, Ph.D.
Foster Room
9:45 – 10 a.m.
A MOTHER’S RIGHT TO LIFE
Tiara Yahnian
Faculty Advisor: Henry Theriault, Ph.D.
Foster Room
9:45- 10 a.m.
STRATEGIC PLAN FOR WORCESTER CENTER FOR CRAFTS: CREATING AWARENESS, EXPOSURE AND FUNDING FOR “CARNAVAL” 2014
Daniel Williams, Shyna Trova, Jacob Poplaski, Taryn Lielasus, Francesca Presti, Kaitlyn Haselton
Faculty Advisor: Emanuel Nneji, Ph.D.
President’s Dining Room
10 – 10:15 a.m.
COULD SINGLE-PAYER HEALTH CARE
BE A REALITY IN THE UNITED STATES?
Breeyn Green
Faculty Advisor: Michelle White, Ph.D.
Foster Room
10 – 10:30 a.m.
THE NEED FOR HIGHER EDUCATION AMONG WORCESTER STATE UNDERGRADUATE STUDENTS: JOBS AND FINANCIAL SECURITY IN THE 21ST CENTURY
Joseph Philips, Ryan Miller, Ashley Anthony
Faculty Advisor: Emanuel Nneji, Ph.D.
President’s Dining Room
10:15 – 10:30 a.m.
SOCIAL CONSTRUCTION OF CHILDHOOD AND LIFE CHANCES FOR CHILDREN IN TANZANIA
Rebekah Lizotte
Faculty Advisors: Fortunata Makene, Ph.D., Sonya Conner, Ph.D.
Foster Room
10:30 – 10:45 a.m.
OPTOGENETIC STIMULATION OF THE AUDITORY CORTICOFUGAL SYSTEM
Maryanna Owoc
Faculty Advisor: Keith Darrow, Ph.D.
Foster Room
11 – 11:15 a.m.
THE UNIVERSAL FIBONACCI SEQUENCE
Jason A. Green
Faculty Advisor: Hy Ginsberg, Ph.D.
Foster Room
11:30 – 11:45 a.m.
ADVOCACY IN THE CAPITAL
Brandy Klaes, Brian Mullen
Faculty Advisors: Carl Herrin & Patrick Hare
Foster Room
11:45 a.m. – 12 p.m.
HAMLET’S HEART OF DARKNESS
Steven Connors
Faculty Advisor: Heather Treseler, Ph.D.
Foster Room
PURITAN OF THE POST-WAR: JOHN BERRYMAN’S “HOMAGE TO MISTRESS BRADSTREET” AS A CRITIQUE OF COLD WAR AMERICA
Christine Hickman
Faculty Advisor: Heather Treseler, Ph.D.
Foster Room
12:30 – 12:45 p.m.
READING THE NON-READER: HOW STUDENTS WHO DO NOT READ SEE BOOKS
Nick Duffy
Faculty Advisor: Karen Woods Weierman, Ph.D.
President’s Dining Room
12:30 – 12:45 p.m.
THE INVISIBLE PEOPLE OF THE 1950s: EXPLAINING THE CAUSE OF POVERTY DURING PROSPERITY
Jean Cabral
Faculty Advisor: Tona Hangen, Ph.D.
Foster Room
12:45 – 1 p.m.
MEDIA IN SOCIETY BOOK PUBLICATION
Julie Frechette, Ph.D.
Foster Room
12:45 – 1 p.m.
CHOLERA IN WORCESTER: A STUDY OF THE NINETEENTH-CENTURY PUBLIC HEALTH MOVEMENT
Alan Ira Gordon, Urban Studies Instructor
President’s Dining Room
2:30 – 3 p.m.
HONORS STUDENTS REFLECT ON THE WASHINGTON, D.C., EXPERIENCE
Debora Dias, Gwendolyn Bois, Tony Caushi
Faculty Advisors: Carl Herrin & Patrick Hare
May Street Building, Classroom 107

Non-honors seats in embedded honors courses can easily be converted

Hi everyone.

Welcome to the start of pre-registration!

This is just a reminder that, in many cases, it is possible to convert a regular seat in a course with embedded honors seats to an honors seat. If you are registering for a course with embedded honors seats and all honors seats are taken, just register for a regular seat and e-mail me or Dr. Weierman to let us know that you’d like to take the course for honors. We will then ask the professor’s permission to add the honors seat.

Good luck with registration—feel free to contact us with any other questions or problems as well.

–Dr. HD

American Studies Seminar at AAS: Honors course for Fall 2014

The American Antiquarian Society is one of the world’s leading archives in American history and culture… and it’s right here in Worcester.  The American Studies Seminar is a phenomenal experience and would count as an honors course.   They are still accepting applications, so please contact Dr. Weierman or Dr. Tom Conroy (tconroy@worcester.edu) right away if you are interested.  

 
This year’s seminar will focus on visual culture and personhood in early America, and will be led by Caroline Frank, a lecturer in American Studies at Brown and RISD.  

Join the statewide MA Commonwealth Honors Student Council!

The next meeting of the statewide Massachusetts Commonwealth Honors Student Council is Friday afternoon, May 2nd at Quinsigamond Community College.  Over 20 honors students from around the state attended the fall meeting, and we’d love to see some WSU involvement.   Please contact Dr. Weierman if you are interested in attending.

 

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Philosophy of Science–honors section added

Be sure to check out Dr. Shartin’s PH 260-H1: Philosophy of Science!

This course critically investigates such questions as: What distinguishes sciences from pseudo-sciences? When is a theory confirmed? What is a law of nature?

TR 10-11:15 (HBS, TLC)

 

19th Annual Latino Film Fest! (honors events)

The Latino Film Festival returns for its 19th year, featuring five films sure to make you laugh, sit on the edge of your seat and ponder a bit. Series opens on Tuesday, April 1st and runs through Sunday, April 6th. All shows at Cinema 320 at Clark University, 950 Main Street,Worcester. General admission is $6, $4 for students and seniors. All of the films have subtitles. Preview trailers for all five films at www.cinema320.com.

April 1st, 7:30 p.m. - Un Amor, a romantic drama about three childhood friends and their heartbreaking love triangle reunited after 30 years
April 3rd, 7:30 p.m. - 7 Cajas (7 Boxes), an action thriller about a hardscrabble street kid making a living as a wheelbarrow deliveryman

April 5th, 1 p.m. - 200 Cartas (200 Letters), a romantic comedy about a New Yorker who travels to Puerto Rico in search of his love-at-first-sight woman. Enjoy special Q&A with the movie’s director, producer and editor following the film

April 5th, 7:30 p.m. - Broche de Oro, a laugh-out-loud comedy about Rafael, Elmo and Pablo who run away from the strict Catholic retirement home where they live to enjoy one last weekend of debauchery and fun

April 6th, 1 p.m. -  Curtain of Water a documentary which explores the U.S. trade embargo on Cuba. Enjoy a discussion with the film’s director after the show.

April 6th, 4 p.m. -  200 Cartas (200 Letters)

You can see trailers and days/times at www.cinema320.com and hit bar “Worcester’s 19th Latino Film Festival.”

Psych Day Career Fair

All students – regardless of their major – are encouraged to attend the 9th annual “Psych Day” Career Fair on Wednesday, April 9th from 10:00am – 2:00pm in the Student Center Exhibit Area.  “Psych Day,” which is co-sponsored by WSU Career Services and the Psych Club, is a unique recruiting and informational event for Psychology majors – ALTHOUGH ALL MAJORS ARE INVITED AND WELCOME TO ATTEND! This event is designed for both (1) seniors who are starting their post-graduation job search or applying to graduate school; and (2) underclassmen who are starting to consider various career options and/or internship opportunities.  Local employers and grad school reps will be attending and they look forward to speaking with as many interested students as possible!  For additional information, please contact Dianne Matos, Assistant Director of Career Services, at ext. 8735.

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